HSTRY – Create Multimedia Timelines on Your Laptop, Chromebook, iPad, or Tablet

HSTRY is a FREE multimedia timeline creation tool that will work on your laptop, Chromebook, iPad, or tablet. It is designed for classroom use by teachers and students. However, I think it is also a great tool for use in history and genealogy. The first application that springs to mind is showing historical events that happened during an ancestor’s lifetime. Another use is to record the births, marriages, deaths, and other important events within a family over a period of years, possibly over centuries.


HSTRY is free to use to create and share timelines. The company does offer some pre-made timelines for sale.

You can read an introduction to HSTRY by Richard Byrne at http://goo.gl/Db3nvS. A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating a Timeline on Hstry is available at http://www.hstry.co/blog/a-step-by-step-guide-to-creating-a-timeline-on-hstry.

HSTRY is available at http://www.hstry.co.


It’s in beta and not particularly user friendly yet. Needs a LOT of work.


Nice idea. But not perfected yet, too frustrating now. I’ll try the site again in a few months.


Hi Dick,

It’s Thomas here – one of the founders of HSTRY. I hope this message finds you well and thanks again for writing about HSTRY.

I’m delighted to write this comment to say that we’ve released real-time timeline collaboration to HSTRY. It was our most requested feature and we’re happy it is now up and running. You can now have numerous family members collaborate together on one timeline. We’ve also added the ability for users to upload their own videos (and not just Youtube).

I hope you will enjoy our HSTRY update!

Best regards,



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